New CDs in stores today include Ashanti's Chapter II; Our Lady Peace's Live from Calgary & Edmonton; and Sheryl Crow: Live at Budokan.
New movies today include Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde; Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines; and the animated movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas, featuring voice work by Brad Pitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michelle Pfeiffer.
The Augusta GreenJackets play Capital City at 7:15 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium on Milledge Road. Fireworks will follow. The cost is $8 for box seats, $7 for reserved seats, $6 for general admission, $5 for seniors, military and ages 4-12 and $1 for children 3 or younger. For more information, call 736-7889 or visit tixonline.com.
Fort Gordon gets into the holiday spirit a bit early with an Independence Day celebration at Barton Field. The event will feature fireworks, a laser light show, live entertainment and a carnival. The carnival begins at 10 a.m., with the main event at 5 p.m. Admission is free. You must have picture ID for admission to the base.
Riverwalk Special Events will sponsor a Downtown Lunch Date from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Augusta Common, 800 block of Broad Street. Local musicians will provide entertainment. Bring your lunch and enjoy the music. For more information, call 821-1754.
Boom! Augusta celebrates American Independence with a fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. at Riverwalk Augusta. Musical performances begin at noon at Augusta Common, and there will be crafts, pony rides and face painting. There also will be crafts and exhibitors at Eighth Street and Riverwalk. See Wednesday's Peek section for a preview of Fourth of July events.
The Country Grand Slam concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Lake Olmstead Stadium, Milledge Road. The concert will feature John Michael Montgomery and is held in celebration of centennial of South Atlantic League baseball. Tickets cost $7.50-$20 and are available at the stadium during the Augusta GreenJackets games or at (803) 278-4849 or tixonline.com.
Swamp Saturday will begin at 9:30 a.m. at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. The event will feature a 2 1/2 -mile walk through the wetlands. Bring comfortable shoes, water and insect repellent. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Pre-registration is required. For more information, call 828-2109.
The group quietSTORM performs for the Candlelight Jazz series concert from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Eighth Street Bulkhead, Riverwalk Augusta. The cost is $5 per person. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For more information, call Karen Gordon at 495-6238, 821-1754 or visit www.gardencityjazz.com.
Lifeguard-instructor training will be from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Aiken County Recreation Pool, 828 Richland Ave. W., in Aiken. The course will include swimming, lifeguarding, first aid and CPR. You must be a certified lifeguard with current CPR/PR certification and age 17 or older. The cost is $55. For more information, call (803) 641-4152.
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